Already closed | 1h 25m | Upper W Side

Pass Over (Lincoln Center)

From 86 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

About the show

Lincoln Center presents this provocative mashup of 'Waiting for Godot' and the Exodus saga, which exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find. More…

In 'Pass Over' Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner - talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. The film version of 'Pass Over,' directed by Spike Lee, will premiere at this winter’s Sundance Film Festival. 

1h 25m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (86)


Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense
Avg Score

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if A though provoking picture of the dreams and hopes of inner city youth and the reality of their everyday lives

Don't see it if You are bothered by unpleasant reality in actions and speech

Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like an absorbing drama about today’s racial issues with no easy answers, evoking Cain and Abel, Of Mice and Men, Little Re Riding Hood.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with racial conflict.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want a clever play, brilliantly acted that's very relevant to our time.

Don't see it if You want a light breezy night at the theatre. You'll leave this play with a lot on your mind.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Profound

See it if you want to see a forward thinking, well-written, wonderfully acted look at a very important subject.

Don't see it if loud noises and tension ruin your experience at the theatre.

Cliched, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to spend 85 minutes in despair.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Waiting for Godot.

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to reflect on the effects of white privileged

Don't see it if You are looking for a light play

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are open to experiencing the world of outcasts with few resources and meager hopes.

Don't see it if You think people who are living on the street get what they deserve.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if Passover exposes the human spirit.

Don't see it if The show has profanity.

Urgent, resonant, deadly

See it if You want to see a challenging piece of on-the-pulse theatre

Don't see it if You're a Lincoln Center regular that prefers My Fair Lady over contemporary political theatre

Also 10-minutes into the play, flanked on either side by a row of sleeping ... Read more Read less

During previews
Powerful, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Strong acting/staging

See it if you crave riveting, enlightening theater. Acting/staging are top-notch; script deserves a Pulitzer. 3 male actors; female writer & director.

Don't see it if you only like comedies/musicals or you lack humanity. PO is important and moving. Waiting For Godot in 2018 America. Nwandu is a genius.

During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if If you like shows that deal with blacks trapped in there environment.

Don't see it if If you cannot stand cursing and more cursing. If you have an aversion to the bleak side of life.

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Brave portrayal of black male identity opposing white male aggression. Does The Dream apply to all? Trayvon Martin looms as another lurks.

Don't see it if Excessive use (213) of a certain slur bandied about to distraction. Emotionally charged and resonant, but woefully written poorly.Polarising

During previews
Profound and resonant, Will leave you stunned, Powerful, Great acting/staging

See it if Can handle 90 intense, raw, topical, absurdist, profanity-filled mins that retells Waiting 4 Godot w black youth. If so, will blow you away.

Don't see it if Subject inc multi-use of N word not 4 you. NOT an easy play w religious themes & bleak picture, but their friendship is tender, funny, real.

Also Saw this at the Claire Tow Theater early previews, June 2018.

During previews
Well done modern take of waiting for godot

See it if You like new drama that tries to say something about our times.

Don't see it if You want light comedy and no plays that try to make a statement.

During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You enjoy the Waiting For Godot feel with your theater. You want something relevant and different if also completely heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You can't deal with harsh language or non-realism.

During previews
Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Theatrical

See it if you want to see an absurdist look at the dead-end life faced by young black men in urban America.

Don't see it if you have trouble with frequent use of the N word or are looking for a light comedy.

Also It's uneven but at its best moments absolutely riveting.

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a fascinating look at life in the era of the Black Lives Matter movement. Play has a lot to say but felt pretentious & overblown

Don't see it if you want a concise, clear, thoughtful look at the current state of race relations.I'm not a fan of the style of this play.Too artsy.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a small play that is surprising and unexpectedly profound. It is short and the time flew by. Relevant examination of race.

Don't see it if you can’t tolerate excessive profanity including frequent n-word & many other crude expletives. You want to see something light & frivolous

During previews
Harrowing, Vital work, Sometimes repetitive/lackluster writing, Emotional, Intense

See it if you care about your reality and go to the theatre not to escape the truth but to better perceive it; invested in human dignity and equality.

Don't see it if a story set "on the street," using slang and obscene language, may offend you; you dislike thinking plays; don't like a bit of surrealism.

Also Urgent work, Pass Over is an allegory of our times. It highlights raci... Read more Read less

During previews
Riveting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you want a great piece of acting that pulls you in and does not let go until the end, but has some confusing plots twists and symbology.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward story that fully explains the author's meaning so that the audience can understand.

Also Contains Spoiler: I was a bit troubled by the apparent anti-American s... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Puzzling, I wasn't clear on what the playwright was trying to say, Lots and lots of profanity, Very well acted

See it if You're an adventurous theatergoer and like to be challenged with plays that require interpretation.

Don't see it if You are offended by hearing the f-word and the n-word over and over and over.

Also Some SPOILERS below!... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to see an important play that show the devastation that happens to a person when there is no hope.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play dealing with the problems of black youth today.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you are ready for an intense look at the racism that still permeates our society unraveled in a profound & allegorical way with great acting

Don't see it if if you can't accept the constant use of the n word between two young black men who try to dream and hang onto hope of a better life.

Also This play is lingering on in my head so much that I bumped the score u... Read more Read less

During previews
Don't pass over

See it if Absurdist, surreal work is appetizing. Hip, trendy Black Lives Matter topicality.

Don't see it if Frequent and extreme profanity becomes numbing.

Also Easy to see why playwright is on staff of Netflix' "She's Gotta Have I... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Waiting for Godot meets Black Lives matter...very intense take on black youth and policing.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by violence and the N word.

June 18th, 2018
"Despite its grim relevance, 'Pass Over' creates a vivid world of injustice while riffing on earlier ones...This is daring dramaturgy, requiring the utmost in tonal control to keep it from tipping into righteous bathos. Danya Taymor’s thrillingly tense LCT3 production mostly succeeds. Technically...
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June 19th, 2018
"An intimate political play that grapples with epic themes and is likely to leave you shaken...Taymor keeps the pace popping, so the moments when everything stops hit hard...She elicits heart-rending performances from Hill and Smallwood...and Ebert is careful that his symbolic characters don’t sl...
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June 18th, 2018
"The work proves a powerfully imaginative drama that will shake up audiences, instantly tagging the playwright as a significant new voice...'Pass Over' is more effective thematically than as drama. The dialogue at times feels aimless and repetitive...The narrative lurches confusingly, and some of...
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June 18th, 2018
“A provocative, inflammatory, exquisitely written work — a new masterpiece of modern drama...Provokes the uncomfortable, challenging conversations we need to have as our country grapples with racial bigotry that persists not just in law enforcement but in the very fabric of American culture...Imp...
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